Top 10 reasons to be excited for fall – The Cavalier Daily
1. Autumn time
Finally, we won’t sweat when we walk to class. The amount of sweat I sweat going to class makes me want to shower twice a day. Going out in pleasant weather – and not excessively humid – is refreshing. Plus, the sunsets and fall skies are beautiful for the first two weeks once the air turns cool and the trees still have their colorful leaves.
Trick-or-Treating on the lawn is something I’ve been looking forward to since COVID-19 forced us to cancel it for the past few years. Kids and puppies all dressed up in Halloween costumes, roaming the lawn is one of the best parts of the year. Halloween can be an excuse to dress up and do something fun with your friends, but it’s also a reason to decorate your living space and eat as many candies as you want.
3. Fall clothes
I love wearing sweaters and boots. Nothing beats the feeling of wearing pants and long sleeves to class and being at the perfect temperature. Sweaters and boots are comfortable and everything is healthy. The part of fall before the cold Charlottesville winter is best for fall fashion. Scarves, hats, and fun layered outfits are cornerstones of a fall wardrobe and I personally can’t wait to break out my cool-weather clothes.
4. Fall Recipes
This is the first year I will have a slow cooker in my apartment for the fall. I’m so excited to make chili, slow-cooked chicken tacos, and so many other recipes that would usually make my apartment too hot during the summer. The desserts are also second to none at this time of year. Pumpkin and apple pie are two of my favorite things. Pumpkin flavoring is in just about every dessert you can imagine now. Even though it’s still September, I’m having harvest chili with pumpkin and acorn squash for dinner tonight.
5. Football Season
The football season has just started, however, the games in the fall are so different from those at the start of the semester. For starters, the temperature and time of play in the summer is not ideal. When the games start at dusk and the sun isn’t shining in your eyes, that’s when I really appreciate the football season. Going to games with friends or watching games away with your roommates or on the corner lets us all get in on the school spirit of football season and makes fall weekends even more special.
6. The Blue Ridge Mountains
One of the best things about Charlottesville is its location in Virginia. We are about 30 minutes from Skyline Drive in Waynesboro. Fall in Charlottesville is so beautiful because of the backdrop of mountains and beautiful fall foliage. Hiking or camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the fall is one of the most rewarding experiences, and the views are incredible. I personally tried camping in June and it was almost 100 degrees all night. I made a vow that I wouldn’t go camping again until the fall.
7. Pumpkin and apple picking
Carter Mountain Orchard and Chilean peach orchard are very close to the University, where you can pick apples and peaches. At Carter Mountain, you can pre-pay for a bag of a certain size and then fill it with any of the apple varieties available in the orchard that day. The views from Carter Mountain are stunning, making it the perfect fall activity or get-together. Plus, pre-picked pumpkins are available for purchase at Carter Mountain—pumpkin carving in an orchard is a classic Charlottesville afternoon activity in the fall.
8. Hot Coffee
Personally, I’m one of the crazy people who will continue to drink iced coffee even if it’s below zero outside. That being said, I still love a nice hot cup of coffee on occasion. Using hot coffee to warm me up after being out in the cool fall weather or snuggling up with hot coffee and a book is something I look forward to every year. Did I mention pumpkin flavor is back? I’m trying to make it until the end of September before I crack and buy one, but I’m not sure I can hold out.
9. Fall Holidays
I know we just started school a few weeks ago and I shouldn’t be looking forward to vacation already, but fall vacation is right around the corner. Fall break is so well timed that it acts like a breath of fresh air after the first round of midterm – it’s the perfect opportunity to get away from Charlottesville for a few days, take a stay or use it to catch up and move on before getting back on track. For the past three years, I’ve used the fall vacation as the perfect time to clean my room and focus on non-school responsibilities.
10. Movie nights
Snuggling up for a movie during the summer is tough. It doesn’t get dark until 9 p.m. and it’s too hot to really bury yourself under blankets. On cooler nights, when it gets dark earlier, movie nights are a perfect way to unwind. Baking cookies or eating one of the many soup recipes I can’t get out of my head while watching a movie is one of the healthiest fall activities. Personally, I’m so excited for October.